The inclusion of Victoria Derby winner Fiveandahalfstar has added some spice to Saturday’s Group 1 $500,000 2013 Rosehill Guineas (2000m).
The race appeared to be Randwick Guineas winner It’s A Dundeel’s for the taking but Fiveandahalfstar has added some serious strength to the nine-horse field.
The Anthony Cummings-trained gelding is yet to win this campaign but has secured four runner-up finishes, including in the Group 1 Australian Cup and the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes against the older horses.
Fiveandahalfstar is still not 100 per cent confirmed but if he does make it to the start line he faces the potentially gruelling task of running in four Group 1 races in four weeks, with the BMW and the Australian Derby following this weekend’s meeting.
It’s A Dundeel still looks a tough proposition after showing an ability to run closer to the speed with the addition of blinkers when upsetting Rebel Dane in the Randwick Guineas.
Travelling from Victoria to take on the Sydney horses is Hvasstan who is coming off a win in the Group 2 Alister Clark Stakes at Moonee Valley on March 15.
Trainer Peter Gelagotis is looking forward to taking on his northern rivals, confident his horse is up to the task.
“His three runs this time in have been super and he still hasn’t got to his right distance yet,” Gelagotis said.
Yet to find his feet in Australia is Sacred Falls who has finished fifth in two starts for new trainer Chris Waller after winning his first six career outings in New Zealand.
Coming into the race off a big Randwick Guineas third is Darley Colt Tatra who won the Group 2 Sandown Guineas in the spring.
Others contesting the Rosehill Guineas include Tatra’s stablemate Solemn and John O’Shea-trained pair Kingdoms and Twisted Emotions.
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Rosehill Guineas 2013 – Final Field and Barrier Draw
|1||55111×2222||FIVEANDAHALFSTAR||Anthony Cummings||Peter Robl||9||56.5kg|
|2||x111127x41||IT’S A DUNDEEL (NZ)||Murray Baker||James McDonald||3||56.5kg|
|4||211214×841||HVASSTAN||Peter Gelagotis||Craig Newitt||8||56.5kg|
|5||11x1111x55||SACRED FALLS (NZ)||Chris Waller||Leith Innes||5||56.5kg|
|7||2x7222x11||TWISTED EMOTIONS (NZ)||John O’Shea||Hugh Bowman||1||56.5kg|
|8||8×126||KINGDOMS (NZ)||John O’Shea||Tommy Berry||2||56.5kg|
|9||620×17||BLOODBUZZ OHIO||Troy Portelli||Michael Rodd||6||56.5kg|